The Test Of Time
Dolce Magazine|Fall 2019
The Test Of Time
F.P. Journe takes classic design, innovation and quality craftsmanship to an exclusive new level, creating impressive, beautiful timepieces that are unparalleled in the history of watchmaking.
Donna Paris

Q. The Tourbillon Souverain Vertical is revolutionary. How did it come to be? How is it different from the Tourbillon Souverain? What are the advantages of a watch such as this?

A. The Tourbillon Souverain Vertical is revolutionary, and no other watchmaker had the audacity to conceive it.

Abraham-Louis Breguet invented the Tourbillon for pocket watches and in the pocket, the Tourbillon was in a vertical position. When the wearer put it down, he was putting it on a support in a vertical position. For this new Tourbillon, the principle is the same except it is a wristwatch: when you lay it on a table, the Tourbillon also remains vertical, and it will be vertical in all the positions, thus it will keep the same precision.

For the 20th anniversary of the Tourbillon Souverain, I was working on an idea, somewhat different but furthermore an innovation that would bring something to precision. Ideas come little by little.

I also tried to preserve the spirit of the first Tourbillon wristwatch I had made in 1991, in adding something modern. On the face, the guilloche movement is visible with a sub-dial in enamel.

Q. Do your watches share common characteristics?

A. Yes, with a quest for precision, innovation and timeless aesthetics. A watch should give time with precision, but it must also provoke an emotion.

Q. Can you tell us a bit about your childhood? Growing up? How and when did you first become interested in watchmaking?


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Fall 2019